Did you know you can stay in a cabin just steps away from the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park? Keep scrolling for my full review of the Mt. Rainier cabins at Stone Creek Lodge!
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Have you ever visited a place that immediately felt special? I’ve gotten that feeling a few times in the past few years.
When I first visited my son’s preschool, I instantly knew it was the right fit. And when we first stepped into our newest house, it felt like it was meant to be.
Well, I got that same feeling when we visited Stone Creek Lodge this past weekend. It had all the cozy vibes families look for when staying at Mt. Rainier cabins in the woods.
From the moment we parked, we felt welcomed and like someone was looking after us. It’s one of those places that has all the intangible amenities you don’t know you’re looking for until you find it.
To be honest, I almost didn’t write this post because I selfishly don’t want the cabins to be booked next time we want to go!
FAQ about Lodging Near Mt. Rainier
Where is Stone Creek Lodge?
Stone Creek Lodge is located just outside Mount Rainier National Park in Ashford, Washington. It takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes to drive there from Seattle.
It’s the second closest place to stay from the the Mount Rainier National Park entrance.
Why You Should Stay in Mt Rainier Cabins vs Hotel
When you think about heading to the mountains for a weekend getaway, you’re probably picturing a log cabin with a cozy fireplace, right?
For those of us who aren’t into camping, staying at a Mount Rainier cabin is the closest thing to getting that outdoor experience without it being too outdoorsy.
You’ll still have comfy beds to sleep in and a bathroom, but you’ll also get a kitchen area, more space, and super close parking.
And for families, not only does staying in cabins near Mt. Rainier feel like a novelty, but it’s also more practical than a hotel.
Kids can stomp around on the floor without bothering other guests. Plus, you can easily make your own meals in these Mt. Rainier cabin rentals and save a little money.
What was our Mount Rainier Cabin Like?
I have to say, this is one of the cutest places we’ve ever stayed. I’m a huge fan of feeling immersed in our destination when we travel and this definitely feels like a cabin near Mount Rainier!
We stayed in the Vine Maple cabin. Read more about it HERE.
It was one open room with a queen size bed and one of those bunk beds with a larger mattress on the bottom. They came with bedding but you could also have kids sleep in sleeping bags on top if they like.
There was a kitchenette with a mini fridge/freezer as well as a cook top. And a table with 4 chairs, which made it easy to eat meals in the cabin.
Plus there was a bathroom area with a shower, toilet, and sink.
The cabin decor was on point, too! Lots of cute touches throughout the space to remind us that we were on a National Park trip!
Plus, there was an adorable porch area where we could sit and drink coffee while looking out at wildlife.
It doesn’t get much better than these Mount Rainier cabin rentals!
Why Families LOVE Stone Creek Lodge
I think Stone Creek Lodge is set up really well for multigenerational travel or for families traveling together.
They offer several cabins for couples (perfect for grandparents) and they also have cabins that sleep up to 4 people.
I got to check out a couple of their newest family cabins that are in the final stages of renovation and they look amazing!
All of the cabins on the property are set up surrounding the fire pit area. This makes it easy for friends and families to gather throughout their stay.
What Sets Stone Creek Lodge Apart from other Mount Rainier Cabins
Remember when I talked about Stone Creek Lodge feeling special? That’s because it is.
The owners, Bob and Joe, have created an amazing sense of community that doesn’t feel forced. It’s clearly genuine.
They do these cool bon fires in the middle of the property where they invite guests to gather in the evenings. It’s kind of a casual hang out where people talk about what they did during the day.
We brought supplies to make s’mores around the campfire, which was a huge hit with our kids. Usually, the owners provide all the s’mores fixing during normal times.
One of the Closest Cabins Near Mount Rainier
I also want to point out that you can see the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park from Stone Creek Lodge. It only takes a few minutes to walk there and seconds to drive there.
Personally, I liked how close we were to the entrance because it’s kind of like the best of both worlds. We got to have the National Park experience without feeling like we had to stay inside the park the entire time.
Stone Creek Lodge is also just minutes away from several restaurants with really tasty food! Plus, it was easy to get to lots of activities.
Rustic Yet Newly Renovated
If you’re someone who is on the fence about staying in a Mount Rainier cabin because you’re worried it will still feel like “roughing it,” don’t worry.
The owners purchased the property about 6 years ago and they have been renovating each unit.
Our cabin felt impeccably clean and all the furniture was gorgeous and sturdy. It definitely felt more luxurious than I was expecting and it was really easy to get comfortable.
How to Book Your Stay at Stone Creek Lodge
It’s easiest to book directly through Stone Creek Lodge by visiting their website HERE.
You can also read TripAdvisor reviews HERE.
Things to do at Mount Rainier with Kids
Now that you know where to stay, let’s talk about some fun things you can do inside Mount Rainier National Park as well as the area around it.
Read about our weekend trip to Mount Rainier National Park.
Kid Friendly Mount Rainier Hikes
There are several hikes that are perfect for kids of all ages. We really enjoyed doing the Trail of the Shadows because it was fairly flat, short, and there were cool things to see along the way.
There’s also the Grove of the Patriarchs that’s an interpretive trail. We haven’t done it yet, but we’ve heard it’s super kid friendly.
Mount Rainier Train Ride
Located in Elbe, the Mt. Rainier Railroad & Logging Museum is always a hit with families. It’s a short train ride that takes you to the town of Mineral where you can explore their logging museum.
We’ve done the Mount Rainier train ride several times. They offer them throughout the year, but we love the Polar Express Santa Train!
If you want to do the Polar Express, make sure to book well in advance and also book your stay at Stone Creek Lodge so you can get the full Mount Rainier experience!
Another family friendly Mt. Rainier activity is Northwest Trek. It’s located in Eatonville and it’s always a blast!
We did the Wild Drive last summer, where we got to drive through the park and see all kinds of cool animals.
The usually have a tram ride that my kids always love. Plus, they have paved walking paths to explore the rest of the park.
And they have one of the coolest play areas ever! It’s called Kids Trek and you will have to drag your kids away because it’s just that fun.
Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park
Another cool thing to do near Mount Rainier is visit the sculpture park in Ashford.
Recycled Spirits of Iron is one of those roadside attractions that is totally worth a quick stop.
I mean, where else can you visit a life size giraffe made completely out of repurposed iron?
Horseback Riding Near Mount Rainier
Families might also be interested in knowing where to go horseback riding near Mount Rainier.
EZ Times is a great option in Elbe where you can ride through pretty nature trails.
By now, you shouldn’t need any more convincing that you should check out these cabins for rent near Mt Rainier.
While I’d highly recommend them for a summer getaway from Seattle, they would also be perfect for a PNW fall getaway. The weather in September and October is quite lovely.